Opelousas residents could see water and sewer service rate increases if a proposal by the Opelousas Board of Alderman passes an ordinance in a future meeting.

Wastewater technician Todd Abshire told the Daily Advertiser that the increases are necessary to pay for system improvements and chemicals needed to improve water quality.

It would also help the city attain a sustainability rating of 1.22 which would allow them to apply for federal and state improvement grants.

The proposal would add another 33 cents to monthly water bills for every additional 1,000 gallons used.

There is no word as to when the new rates would become effective if the ordinance is approved, but the average bill would increase from $23 to $25.

A public hearing for the ordinance will take place at the March meeting.